A bit over a year ago, Warp Record's digital music shop, Bleep.com, presented their guide to recorded* electronic music, spanning from 1930 to 2010
(also as a Facebook timeline
, which apparently kicked the whole thing off
). The overview of recorded electronic music was presented as a selection of 55 tracks
, almost five and a half hours in full. Part of this presentation was a (now expired) promotional deal to purchase the collection of songs as a lot, but you can still read about each piece of music on Bleep and hear 49 of the tracks in a playlist on Grooveshark
. There's more to hear and read below the fold. [more inside]
Forty years in solitary:
two men mark sombre anniversary in Louisiana prison [more inside]
John Cage Unbound, A Living Archive
is a multimedia exhibition created by the New York Public Library documenting their collection of videos
, original notes and manuscripts
of contemporary American composer and music theorist John Cage
(1912-1992). "Cage believed that, following his detailed directions, anyone could make music from any kind of instrument" so the NYPL is asking visitors how they would bring his music to life, by submitting videos of their own interpretations of Cage’s work for possible inclusion in the archive. For more extensive collections of John Cage resources, see: WNYC: A John Cage Web Reliquary
and Josh Rosen's fan page
. [more inside]
The 100 Best Nicholas Cage Quotes
(NSFW-language). Makes Andy Samberg's SNL impersonation seem even more authentic.
John Cage's piece 4'33''
was originally written for piano
but has been performed by a full orchestra
. In modern times its movements
have been interpreted by the guitar
, nose flute
, and toy piano
. It was pretty exciting to watch Cage perform 4'33" live
, but I still enjoy dancing to the party mix
Thunderdome Filter: In two separate incidents Texas schools have gotten a jump on any sort of dystopic future scenarios by staging illegal forced fights between those in their care. Corpus Christi State School night-staff made disabled residents get out of bed and then taped them fighting each other
in over 20 incidents during 2008. South Oak Cliff High School had a policy between 2003 and 2005 of settling disputes between troubled students by having them fight it out in a steel cage
in the boy's locker room while students and faculty looked on
. Several arrests have been made in the Corpus Christi case and the South Oak Cliff one is just coming to public attention.
Cope pipe without a jig.
Enter a few parameters and get a pdf that will give you a printable pattern that will allow you to notch tubing for welding or brazing to another pipe.
Friday Listening Fun! The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts
sponsors some excellent concerts
featuring members of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
. They are kind enough to put recordings of some--with commentary--online, as well: Steve Reich, Different Trains and George Crumb, Black Angels
; or how about John Cage, Credo in US
. [more inside]
A video broadcast of György Ligeti's Poème Symphonique for 100 metronomes
(AVI, French), with helpful background on the controversial piece located here
. For those who know French, you may also be interested in 1993's György Ligeti: Portrait, A Documentary by Michel Follin
, showing Ligeti as "the displaced cosmopolitan", through the metaphor of train ride through the European countryside. These and many other avant-garde films can be found at Ubuweb
, including features with William Burroughs
, a recent "performance
" of Cage's 4'33", and Varése and Le Corbusier's 1958 World Fair collaboration Poême électronique
, a 400-speaker soundspace installation predating later, more experimental feedback pieces
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